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Scotland would be able to mitigate Conservative cuts to tax credits or other welfare under Labour and SNP plans to give Holyrood the power to create new benefits and top up existing payments, the shadow Scottish secretary has said. Ian Murray said Labour amendments to the Scotland Bill, some of…
Figures the Government said showed 2.3 million children were classed as living in relative poverty, the lowest level since the 1980s, have sparked controversy. The Department for Work and Pensions said the percentage of children in relative low-income households remained "flat" in 2013/14 despite speculation that the figure would increase…
New figures which reveal 210,000 children are living in relative poverty in Scotland after housing costs have been paid, have been condemned as ‘unacceptable’ by Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil. The latest Poverty in Scotland statistics showed that, after housing costs, 22 per cent of children in Scotland were faced…
The Scottish Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty and tackle inequality will be subject to independent scrutiny by a new adviser, appointed today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Naomi Eisenstadt, an expert in the impact poverty has on children, will become the First Minister’s independent adviser on poverty and inequality, recommending…
The Government will today face its first big public protests since being elected when politicians, union leaders and celebrities join thousands of people on demonstrations against austerity, spending cuts and nuclear weapons. Organisers predict that the protests in London and Glasgow will be the biggest for years, especially in the…
Schools are becoming "mini welfare states" spending millions of pounds a year on supporting poor children and plugging funding gaps in public services, headteachers are warning. The vast majority of school leaders say they are giving more unfunded help to youngsters from deprived backgrounds, offering everything from food and clothes…
The number of people using foodbanks has reached a record one million after an increase in workers on low pay having to seek emergency help for food, new figures have revealed. The Trussell Trust said almost 400,000 children were among those receiving at least three days' of supplies from the…
Children are turning up to school sick because their parents cannot afford to take time off to care for them, teachers have claimed. School staff are also still seeing youngsters arriving for lessons hungry, tired and wearing inappropriate clothes due to a continuing squeeze on family finances, according to the…
The next government should review priorities for childcare and early education in England to ensure a greater share of the £6.4 billion annual budget is spent on children from disadvantaged backgrounds, a House of Lords committee has said. In a new report, the Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare said better…
Almost £3 billion in unpaid child support may never be recovered, according to official accounts.The money is owed by absent parents who have been referred to the Child Support Agency (CSA). Accounts prepared for Parliament by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) class £2.9 billion of the £3.9 billion…
Charities expressed concern that the Chancellor has decided to freeze Universal Credit work allowances as part of a raft of welfare announcements. George Osborne said the allowance will be maintained at its current rate for a year from April 17 in addition to the three years already announced, to offset…
The second annual State of the Nation Report which is published and laid before Parliament from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCP), shows that Britain is on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nation. The Report says that while a strong economic recovery and a record number…
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